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  • Writer's pictureDr. Kari Young

What Causes Autoimmunity?

Autoimmune disease happens when the body’s natural defense system can’t tell the difference between your own cells and foreign cells, causing the body to mistakenly attack normal cells. There are more than 100 types of autoimmune diseases that affect a wide range of body parts.

Common autoimmune diseases in women include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis, a form of arthritis that attacks the joints

  • Psoriasis, a condition marked by thick, scaly patches of skin

  • Psoriatic arthritis, a type of arthritis affecting some people with psoriasis

  • Lupus, a disease that damages areas of the body that include joints, skin and organs

  • Thyroid diseases, including Graves’ disease, where the body makes too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism), and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, where it doesn’t make enough (hypothyroidism) of the hormone

  • Type 1 diabetes, a condition in which the immune system damages the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas

Common Autoimmune Disease Symptoms 

  • Fatigue

  • Joint pain and swelling

  • Skin problems

  • Brain fog

  • Abdominal pain or digestive issues

  • Recurring fever

  • Swollen glands

Cellular inflammation IS the cause of all autoimmune disorders. Determining the cause of cellular inflammation and addressing it is the only way to completely heal from autoimmune disease.

The #1 cause of cellular inflammation is Toxins. We live in a modern toxic world, and over 180,000 new chemicals have been added to our environment. From birth until today those toxins have accumulated in your body, and unless you specifically targeted them to get them out, they are still there. 

Detoxing at the cellular level must be done correctly, and long enough to even matter. Unfortunately our bodies are unable to keep up with the amount of daily toxins anymore. We used to be exposed to a much lower amount that our bodies' systems knew how to keep up with and flush out daily toxins when they were in normal amounts. 

Common toxins include parasites, heavy metals, mold, lyme, lyme co-infections, overgrowth of viruses , bacteria, candida, fungal and also other chemicals.

Ruling in or out environmental toxins is essential. Among the most common are mold, chemicals (air, food, water), oral health, and hidden infections from the collarbone up.

The #2 cause of cellular inflammation is Bad Fats. Bad Fats include seed oils. In the modern processed foods industry revolution, many things have changed to worsen our health.

I was thrilled while watching the show, “Lessons in Chemistry”, based in the 1950’s. The main character, a Chemist, stated that “seed oils are bad and destroy your mitochondria”.

The #3 cause of cellular inflammation is Sugars. In the 1980's, the low fat, no fat craze had people filling in calories with more and more sugars and carbs. Diabetes went up 300%! 

Our bodies can either burn sugar or fat. Sugar burns like a smoky fireplace, and our bodies preferred fuel is FAT. When your body only burns sugar it creates inflammation, and does not burn the fat on your body. 

You need to eat good fat to burn fat and have more energy. If you want to age faster than all your friends just spike your blood sugar all day long over and over. Some people have been taught that eating 5-6 small meals daily helps with metabolism, and this is a myth. The truth is that intermittent fasting promotes longevity and health. 

The Bucket Theory

Your body does not care which or how much of each toxin, sugar or bad fat you encounter - when your bucket fills up then it eventually overflows. Our bodies can take a lot of insults, then once the bucket is full the last straw makes it overflow. When this happens, your body goes down your genetic list of things you are predisposed to and triggers something on.

It is common for people with autoimmune to remember the trigger that caused their autoimmune disorder. This is the bucket theory!

Luckily epigenetics has proven that we can turn the bad gene back off.

Longevity and Health

I love to teach my clients epigenetics, longevity, prevention and true health. 

It is important to listen to all the details and get the full clinical picture in order to address the true cause for the body to heal. 

My goal for each person is not just to achieve their health goals of turning off bad genes and healing from their diagnosed autoimmune disease, it is to achieve optimal health and have the person be in the 1% of the population that actually has optimal health.

Many of my clients ask me how do I know when I have achieved optimal health?

We measure the results in 4 ways:

  1. Dr. Young Full Blood Panel (64 markers). I love to provide a full analysis and by categories, and I design customized health blueprints to get each marker that is not optimal yet to turn optimal.

  2. Score symptom list (scale 0-10) 0=perfect, 10=severe) true health is zero symptoms.

  3. Health Assessment (115 questions-direct correlation related to health challenges in the body’s systems and potential interferences and toxins) Goal: all be in optimal range-green or even zero points.

  4. Specialty tests: either repeating tests that diagnosed you and/or running a toxic panel to see causes of your health challenges. Repeating tests to show results of achieving optimal ranges.

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